FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 2, 2015
Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106
WASHINGTON (June 2, 2015) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson today called for amendments to the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill allocating money to the Green Climate Fund, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and the Strategic Climate and Clean Technology Funds. A draft of the bill was released today and contains no funding for these critical programs designed to address climate change domestically and abroad.
“Climate change poses significant threats to the security of the U.S. and global food supply, and the production challenges that family farmers already experience are increasing,” said Johnson. “Family farmers in the U.S. and around the world need significant work toward enhancing climate resiliency, both nationally and internationally, to ensure they can reliably produce food, fuel and fiber for the growing world population. The draft State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill is a step in the wrong direction, as it provides no funding for global programs that work towards mitigating climate change.”
Johnson noted that in addition to climate resiliency issues, gutting funds for global climate change mitigation could also have national security ramifications.
“Members of Congress entrusted with national security must realize climate change may lead directly to conflict-causing food crises,” said Johnson. “They can be addressed now through climate resilience efforts or later through military intervention.”
The Appropriations State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee is set to mark up the draft bill tomorrow. “Hopefully, these shortcomings can be addressed and these important programs can be funded fully, allowing us to work toward global climate solutions,” said Johnson.
National Farmers Union has been working since 1902 to protect and enhance the economic well-being and quality of life for family farmers, ranchers and rural communities through advocating grassroots-driven policy positions adopted by its membership.